Tender flaws cast doubt over Delhi games

22 September 2010

22 September 2010 | Natalia Da Silva

Problems getting Commonwealth Games' facilities ready for the event were identified two months ago in an investigation by India’s Central Vigilance Commission, which found flaws in the tendering process.

A footbridge linking the main stadium to a car park buckled yesterday, injuring dozens of workers, and today part of the false ceiling of the weightlifting venue at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium collapsed.

The state of the athletes’ accommodation is causing many to question whether the Games in Delhi, expected to start on 3 October, will even go ahead.

The event has long been under pressure after problems with the tendering process, security concerns and construction delays.

An inspection in July by the Chief Technical Examiner’s wing of India’s CVC found evidence that successful contractors were quoting the lowest amount and then tampering with figures to increase the price after being awarded the deal.

The report by the CVC said: “Almost all the organisations executing works for the Commonwealth Games have considered inadmissible factors to jack up the reasonable price to justify the award of work at quoted rates citing urgent/emergent circumstances.

“Despite higher rates, poor site management, delays and quality compromises have been observed.”

The investigation also found that concrete core samples failed to meet the required strength during testing.

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